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In between winning the Nobel Prize, shots of rum, bagging 240-pound marlins and banging 140-pound broads, Ernest Hemingway wrote: The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially.”  Did Papa play fantasy baseball? My pitching staff was very good, very brave, and now they’re very dead. Light a candle and cue the bagpipes (those things get me misty every time) in memory of Patrick Corbin, Matt Moore, Kris Medlen and the latest soldier to fall, Jose FernandezThe literary references aside, the most talked about pitcher in baseball this season is not Clayton Kershaw, it’s not Max Scherzer, and it’s not even Bartolo Colon after an at-bat. The most talked about arm in the game is Tommy John. If ol’ TJ had a buck for every pitcher that has been lost this season to the surgery that bears his name, he’d have $19 – which is $4 more than he made in his Major League career. Thus far, 19 pitchers have blown out their prized possession, with Fernandez the latest to fall and rumors swirling about Andrew Cashner, who was just put on the DL shelf. All of last season, 19 players were lost to Tommy John. To talk some real baseball for a minute, even commissioner Bud Selig weighed in on the epidemic saying, “I’m almost afraid to pick up the paper because of the bad news.” Unfortunately, the bad news Bud was referring to, in the paper, was that it looks like Beetle Bailey will never get out of the Army. Bud then answered a call on his shoe as his toupee fell into his soup. The fact is, no matter how well you drafted, your staff must be feeling the pain, and no amount of penicillin will cure what ails you.  It’s time to fire up the jammer-crammer machine©, dive into the deep-end of the waiver waters, and find us some arms that aren’t stitched together like Young Frankenstein. Walk this way, it’s time to jam it or cram it.

 

Jam or CramTrevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians.

2014 Stats (Minors): 4 W, 44 K, 2.15 ERA, 1,08 WHIP.

Availability: 79% Yahoo, 99% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $5. It may take a little more than this, but don’t go crazy.

The Gist: Danny Salazar and his 489.95 ERA have been sent packing to the most boring place on Earth – Columbus, Ohio. With the ‘zar getting overthrown, that gives young and once highly touted right-hander Trevor Bauer a shot. Bauer was the third overall pick in 2011 and looked like a sure thing until injuries, a complete loss of the strike zone, and bad rapping got him shipped out of Arizona. Here’s what the Razzballin’ prospect whisperer Scott Evans had to say about Bauer: “I fear that Bauer’s greatest impact this season will be to explode your WHIP and bring sadness and regret to your home. Proceed with caution.” Hey, my fortune cookie said the same thing.

Key Stats: Bauer is coming off his first bad minor league start of the season where he gave up six runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Jam it or Cram it: There’s potential high-risk, high-reward with Bauer. He’s been strong in seven starts at Triple-A this year: 4-1, 2.15 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, with 44 strikeouts and 18 walks in 46 innings. Will it translate to the tribe? Bauer has about 125 different pitches and the fastball can top out at 97. He did make one big league start earlier this season, striking out eight in six innings and only giving up a run. Granted that was against the impotent Padres and Bauer will get a real test in his next start against the Detroit. With the real lack of pitching I’m following the fortune cookies advice and “proceeding with caution.” Stash Bauer, avoid the Tigers start and JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Jordan Lyles, Colorado Rockies.

2014 Stats: 5 W, 32 K,  2.66 ERA,  1.09 WHIP.

Availability: 57% Yahoo, 55% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $1. Pay in nickels.

The Gist: A Rockies pitcher with an ERA under 10? What in the name of Billy Swift is going on here? Lyles has five quality starts in a row, five wins and no losses in his first eight games. He pitched Saturday against the Padres and if he threw a no-hitter I’m going to look really bad today because this looks like a case of Bizzaro World to me.

Key Stats: In the long and storied history of Colorado baseball, only nine Rockies pitchers have had an ERA below 4.00 an entire season. Name all nine and I’ll mail you my turban.

Jam it or Cram it: Lyles has been getting great run support, his strikeout rate is up, the walk rate is down, the BABIP is about .250 and his ERA is just 1.25 with a 0.97  WHIP at home. However, Lyles FIP is nearly a run worse than his ERA and that sets off alarms. Will someone shut that damn thing off?! The regression fairy is coming. Soon. CRAM.

 

Jam or CramDallas Keuchel, Houston Astros.

2014 Stats:  4 W, 47 K, 3.06 ERA, 1.11 WHIP.

Availability: 77% Yahoo, 91% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $1. I just can’t bring myself to spend more on something named “Dallas”.

The Gist: In Keuchel’s last seven starts, he’s summoned the spirit of J.R. Richard and pitched at least six innings while averaging 6+ Ks with an ERA under 3. The big Tulsa left-hander shut down the Texas bats in his last start and will throw twice this week.

Key Stats: Keuchel’s swinging strike percentage is at 11.5% this season. Last year it sat at 8.9%. 11.5 < 8.9. Thanks, third grade math.

Jam it or Cram it: Keuchel gets himself two starts this week that should show whether he’s man or myth. Monday, he gets the Angels who kill lefties and Saturday he faces off against King Felix and the Mariners. However, Keuchel’s been on a roll and that slider is nasty on right-handers. Let’s give the two start week a JAM. 

 

Jam or Cram: Chase Whitley, New York Yankees.

2014 Stats:  0 W, 4 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP.

Availability: 100% Yahoo, 99% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $0. I have that on me.

The Gist: Has it really come to this? Who the hell is Chase Whitley? Sounds like the name of some bad, bucktoothed wannabe country music star. Whitley made his MLB debut last week for the Yankees and while he didn’t poop his pinstripes he wasn’t exactly Louisiana Lighting either. He pitched just 4.2 innings, only threw out of the stretch and the fastball topped out at 92. *yawn*

Key Stats: I’m searching for a key stat as much as the Yanks are searching for a starter. Here’s something: This is Whitley’s fourth year in baseball and his first year as a starter.

Jam it or Cram it: At Triple-A Scranton, Whitley has looked pretty good with a  3-2 record, a 2.39 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 32 Ks in six starts. Clearly the kid needs more seasoning in the minors, but the Yankees are desperate. I’m desperate too, but not crazy. CRAM.

 

Jam or Cram: Drew Pomeranz, Oakland A’s.

2014 Stats: 3  W, 24 K, 1.14 ERA, 1.01 WHIP.

Availability: % Yahoo, % ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $0.

The Gist: The Pomegranate is a former first round pick of the Indians that was shipped to Colorado for a box of weed brownies, but was able to escape career killing Coors for the cavernous coliseum in Oakland. The move is paying off  as the lefty has allowed just seven baserunners in his first two starts with 13 strikeouts.

Key Stats: Over 23 2/3 innings, Pomeranz has a 24/8 K/BB rate.

Jam it or Cram it: Pomeranz seems a solid option that can help those in need of strikeouts while adding some ERA and WHIP relief. He also can be slotted into either a RP or SP spot – bonus. Pomeranz gets two starts this week that should test him – at Tampa who have a 22% K rate against left-handers and the Toronto Blue Jays who can score a ton at home. JAM the Tampa start, hold off in Toronto.

 

Jam or Cram: Jacob deGrom, New York Mets.

2014 Stats: 0 W, 6 K, 1.29 ERA, 0.86 WHIP.

Availability: 97% Yahoo, 99.3 % ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $1. With all the money I’m saving on car insurance I can afford him.

The Gist: deGrom and his beautiful flowing locks made their debut against future country music legend Chase Whitney last week and the kid tossed seven innings of one-run ball, but took the loss because the Mets aren’t sure how baseball is played. The fastball topped 95 and he appeared to have a couple of different curveballs to go along with an effective change-up and some sort of Johnny Sain-style slurve. I watched this game and I’ll admit I tipped the turban his way.

Key Stats: deGrom became the first starting pitcher in Mets history to be charged with a loss in a game he pitched at least seven innings while giving up one run in their debut. Welcome to the record books, kid.

Jam it or Cram it: deGrom is an under the radar prospect, is listed as the tenth best prospect in the Mets system and will be fighting Rafael Montero for a rotation spot once Dillon Gee returns. deGrom gets the Dodgers next up and this start will decide whether he deserves a JAM or CRAM. The Stream-o-Nator says CRAM. Vegas will say CRAM. Yasiel Puig will say “viva le CRAM.” Where does this leave your humble-but-nonetheless-handsome Guru? Screw it, my team’s a mess. JAM.

 

 

**BONUS TRACKS ** Hitter Jams and Crams 

Christian Yelich, OF, MIA: Riddle me this: Why is Yelich only 65% owned in Yahoo leagues? Are they too busy setting up their fantasy cricket site? JAM. 

Kolten Wong, 2B, STL: Since being called up a couple days ago, Wong is hitting .600, stealing bases all over the place and my SAGNOF loves a big Wong.  JAM. 

Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, MIL: Reynolds has hit eight home runs this year and will look great hitting eight more this summer on someone else’s team. CRAM.

Josh Reddick, OF, OAK: Reddick went all Hot Schmotato with three homers and nine RBI last week. This week he’ll go 0-17. CRAM.

Yangervis Solarte, 2B/3B/SS, NYY: The Anger Vice is second in the AL with a .325 average. Why no love? You don’t need to be able to say his name to JAM.

 


Thanks for Razzballin’, now go read some Hemingway. Follow The Guru and his dirty turban on Twitter @TheGuruGS for fantasy roster 411?s, brushes with fame and his signature move – the scotch-fueled selfie.

  1. Ryan says:
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    Would you deal phillips for jackson in a dynasty league? I figure this is a solid deal since I already have walker and profar coming back in a few weeks. Plus Phillips has been on the decline.

    • Ryan says:
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      @Ryan: btw this is brandon Phillips for austin jackson

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      It’s not a bad deal in a dynasty especially owning Profar.

  2. Just Busted says:
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    Was just offered Zobrist and Gray for Desmond and Harang. I do have Andrus at SS, Gordon at 2nd, and Gyorko in backup. Yahoo h2h.

    Good for ROS or no? if Harang is a flash in the pan, I should come out on top, but I was also ready to drop him when Jay Bruce came off the DL.

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’d make that deal. I’m a Zobrist fan and he can play all over the place which allows for great roster flexibility. I don’t believe in the Harangataun.

      • Just Busted says:
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        @The Guru: I could not agree more!

        Bonus question: Drop Masterson for Bauer? I am getting sick of the up and down and trading is rare so far in this league.

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Don’t be kwazy, man.

  3. J-FOH says:
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    hey you once sent me your turban but it was just a really crusty bath towel.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      But it had my musk.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Guru: if that’s what you want to call that

  4. David says:
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    Please rank in order in standard roto for ROS: Blakmon, Choo, Pollock. Thanks.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Choo, Blackmon, AJ. Close between Blackmon and Pollock, but I’ll go with the Rockie because of ballpark. Thanks for Razzballin’, David.

  5. SportiveTricks says:
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    Marcus Stroman could possibly take a spot in the Blue Jay starting rotation. Discuss.

    • The Guru

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      He could certainly grab Happs or McGowans spot. Liked his numbers at Buffalo – 1.89 ERA, 36 Ks, just 9 walks in 5 starts. I’m not sure Gibbons is ready to throw the kid into the fire yet. I’ll keep an eye on him, but I’m not a big fan of young pitchers in the AL East.

      • SportiveTricks says:
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        @The Guru:

        Good stuff, thanks man. I’m using a roster spot on him and holding my breath at the moment . . .

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Hey, it could work it for you. It’s been weird year so far. Thanks for Razzballin’.

          • seph meier says:
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            @The Guru:

            I have him stashed hoping for the best and so opportunity. Worst I. Feeling is that he is part of a trade to cubs for samardzijia? Otherwise could see him sent back down to get further stretch / prep time to come back up and make a difference

            • The Guru

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              That could happen.

    • Adam says:
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      @SportiveTricks: It appears Stroman was sent back down to AAA. Bummer. I own him in a 40 man roster dynasty league and would have liked to see him grab a starting slot. Ah well.

      • The Guru

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        So much for that. Happ and McGowan are terrible though, he’ll be back up.

  6. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Hey Guru! Could you pick your top 4 from this group and then rank from 1-4 who you like best ROS? Thanks! Namaste

    Bauer, Pomeranz, Kluber, Eovaldi, J Chavez, G Richards, I Kennedy, Uboldo, T Ross, J Beckett

    • The Guru

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      Kennedy, Kluber, Ross, Eovaldi. I think the regression fairy is coming for Becket and Chavez. The rest are all interchangeable, but good stream options depending on the matchup.

  7. psmith says:
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    would you drop prado for solarte?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      No, I wouldn’t. Solarte has been good, but so was Pedro Ciriaco last spring. Stick with the known commodity.

  8. Jack says:
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    Right ROS rank for possible closers that are FA in my league? Qualls (since he was at least announced as the closer), Hunter, Doolittle, Mejia, Johnson, Britton, Shaw, Familia?

    • The Guru

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      I’m a guru not a fortune teller. Ha! Grab Qualls since it looks like the job is his. Honestly, your guess is as good as mine on the rest. I’d avoid Hunter and the Mets mess. Johnson would be my other choice as he’ll be back as the full time closer sooner rather than later according to my Magic 8-Ball.

  9. King Trout says:
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    What combo do you prefer?
    1. Cano/aybar
    2.hanley/wong

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      My patience is wearing thin with Cano, but it’s only a matter of time before Hanley gets hurt. Give me Cano/Aybar.

      • King Trout says:
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        Thank you Guru.

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          No prob, your fishy Highness.

  10. rickie weeks says:
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    Good stuff guru. Zach Britton or Jenrry Mejia ROS?
    thanks

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Ugh. Can I say Rollie Fingers? Britton I guess.

  11. Mike says:
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    Would you drop Beltran now for Gardner or wait until he is shelved for 6 to 12 weeks?

    Also, would you drop Gio Gonzalez for Cingrani?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

  12. The Guru

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    Ha! Damn Beltran. Can you just DL him and grab Gardner? If not I’d hold until Dr. Death gives him his last rites on Tuesday.

    Gio and Tony C are real close. Think I prefer Gio ROS.

    • Mike says:
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      @The Guru: thanks!

  13. Dan Pants

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    Great stuff as always, very entertaining read. I look forward to this column every week. I am currently rocking nine DL’d players in my dynasty league which could fill a NL lineup, and would be quite a deal better than the line up I’m fielding in that league at the moment.

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, Sir Pants. I tip my turban and raise a fine cider to you. It’s been a crazy year with the injuries. Fortunately, everyone else has to deal with them as well. I’m like you with one team and 6 guys out. Currently 10th out of 12. May be time to call the priest and pull the plug on that team.

      • Dan Pants

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        @The Guru: I am waiting for gyorko to snap out of it and save my season. Still waiting…

        • The Guru

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          I thought this would be the week with him in Colorado and all. I’m starting to feel like Gyorko for being so high on him.

  14. Mr. Glass says:
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    At what point do you just give up on carlos santana turning it around I have mesoraco so I was thinking of either trading santana (best case) or dropping him if I have to

    • The Guru

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      He’s been coming around lately and was the #7 catcher last week. I wouldn’t dump him this soon.

  15. No Soup for Yu says:
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    I play in a S+H league and Im looking for a SP eligible player who can get saves or holds. That being said do you know anything about Neil Ramirez of ChC. He has been striking everyone out and has 3 holds in the last two weeks but will he be in position to get a lot of holds this year? Is Mejia a better bet in that mets committee?

    • The Guru

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      I kind of like that kid on the Cubs. Nice fastball and slider. Command has been an issue in the past and probably why the Rangers traded him him. The closing gig could be his sooner rather than later. I like the idea of taking a flier on him. It’s kind of out of the box thinking and lots of folks will be grabbing Mejia who I have NO confidence in. Nice question, Yu.

  16. Paz says:
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    What to do with Masterson?
    He’s regressed from average to unstartable. is he worth holding on the bench to see if he gets it back together or time to cut bait?

    • The Guru

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      I wouldn’t drop him, but the loss in velocity is worrisome. Hold for now until we find out he needs Tommy John.

  17. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    hey Guru –

    I’ve got Gausman and Salazar clogging up my bench in a 10 team keeper league & I’m last in K’s (like 100 behind the leader) – should I cut bait with either for the likes of Keuchel, Hutchison, Niese or Gee or just hold? and which one do you think gets back up soonest?

    rest of my pitching is:

    Cain
    Eovaldi
    Fister
    Hamels
    Peralta
    Scherzer
    w/ Latos and Walker on the DL

    thanks a lot man!

    • The Guru

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      I cut bait and stream the hell out of those 2 spots to make up ground. Latos is probably going to be back in early June.

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @The Guru: all right. trouble is it’s a $.50 fee per transaction.. I just waited on some ppl too long. if you had to pick one for this year + beyond, would it be salazar or gausman?

        thanks again

        • The Guru

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          Tough question with Salazr in the minors and things uncertain for Gass-man. The turban says our pal Sal will be back and better ROS.

  18. timmyk93 says:
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    An impatient member dropped Homer Bailey after his blow up against Philly. His numbers do look terrible ytd. Do I try and scoop him at the expense of Gavin Floyd?…. Or let him be someone else’s headache? Thanks.

    • The Guru

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      Grab him now.

  19. All up in My Grilli says:
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    In a shallow league, Should I drop Cole, Homer or ventura for Alex Cobb?

    Big believer in Cobb, drafted him last year and this before the injury and he never dissapoints when healthy(freak accident last year)

    • The Guru

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      Ventura.

  20. SMLV1 says:
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    Frieri or Rondon?

    • The Guru

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      Ugh. Frieri.

  21. Gene Parmesan says:
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    Excellent post per usual Guru. I’m in the midst of a terrible beginning to the year at 20-40 in my H2H 10-team keeper league, but I’ve unloaded the deadweight and accumulated some good keepers for 2015 (e.g., Harper, Kipnis, Cargo and Minor). Two questions. First, I have four injured players on my roster and only two DL spots. Is either Zimmerman (I think he’s done) or Walker cuttable for a spot starter or a crappy closer? Second, I’ve amassed a young staff with big arms (i.e., Teheran, Minor, Eovaldi, Peralta, Pomeranz, Tillman, Ross, Montero, Bauer, *Walker and Lackey). I’m thinking of cutting Lackey tonight, but which guys out of the aforementioned list would you focus on building around, and which would you let go if a better streamer came along? Dhanyavaad

    • The Guru

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      Thank you fine sir. That’s a tough start for sure, but you have plenty of time and just need a couple good weeks. Lackey can go for sure and I’d considered cutting Walker, but I think he could be the surprise of the bunch. I think Teheran, Minor, Peralta, Tillman, Ross look pretty good. Pomeranz and Bauer are not sure things, but like what I’ve seen. Think I’d boot Lackey and hold for now in a keeper.

      • Gene Parmesan says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks again!

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          No prob, Mr. Cheese, anytime.

  22. Anthony says:
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    Who to drop between Cody Allen, Joe Smith or Mark Melancon? Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Allen.

  23. Joeg414 says:
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    Looks like it’s time to cut Cron ,; who would you pickup as an extra bat: Asche. Saunders or Jason Castro. Mixed daily 6×6 roto.

    • The Guru

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      Can I say George Springer? Will Venable?

  24. ty says:
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    Dallas buyers club? lol…he does look good.

    Ok so i’m hurting for HR’s and RBI’s. My CJ Wilson for his Beltre?

    My pitching staff is…
    Stras
    Zimmerman
    Gray
    Ryu
    Masterson
    Cingrani
    Haren
    K-rod
    Chapman
    Soriano

    • The Guru

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      Do it all day.

      • ty says:
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        @The Guru: Yes sir! Thanks G

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Tip of the turban to you.

  25. Nasty split fingers says:
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    Was offered Morneau for Paplebon. Is Morneau gong to regress to the mean as the summer goes on?

    • The Guru

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      If you’re good with saves that’s a deal I’d make even if Morneau does regress a bit.

  26. Alan says:
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    What sucks is bauer has a brutal schedule: BAL, COL, BOX

    JAM or CRAM Hughes and AJ Burnett in 11 teamer with inn limit?

    Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Jam AJ, Cram Hughes.

  27. MB says:
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    jam or cram Motte as closer before all star break

    • The Guru

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      Cram

  28. Michael says:
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    Was just offered Stanton, Reyes and Cueto for C. Gomez, Tulowitzki and Wacha.
    Should I do it?
    Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      It’s a blockbuster! I’m a big Tulo fan and while I know there are those counting the minutes until he gets hurt I say he wins MVP this year. It’s a fair trade, but I’d stick with Tulo side.

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Michael: I would not do that deal. The Tulo side will have more hrs , rbis , sb and be close in wins. Reyes misses more games than tulo does

    • geegee says:
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      @Michael:

      id take stantons side, cuetos numbers are consistently unreal therefore he is for real. i also think reyes is undervalued.

      • The Guru

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        Tulo forever! I’m getting that tattooed on my ass.

  29. Harris says:
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    10 team h2h. No DL. Should I drop Marte for Gardner? Seems like Gardner does everything Marte does in a better lineup.

    • The Guru

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      Don’t talk yourself into something crazy. It’s been a good week for Gardner. The regression fairy is coming.

      • Harris says:
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        @The Guru: Thx Guru

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          No prob, thanks for Razzballin’.

  30. Leifer maddness says:
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    hey guru, so is it worth dropping springer to grab baurer, springer is my 5th of and doesnt really get to play much, and who is edovidi a btter option than bauer?

    • The Guru

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      Bauer a bit of an unknown and he has some tough matchups ahead. I’d prefer Eovaldi. Can you trade Springer for pitching? He’s been playing well.

  31. Green monstah says:
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    Hey guru!

    Would you keep or drop Papelbon? I like paps but lately I’ve been putting SP’s in the RP slot, if I do in fact drop pap I’m looking into Drew smyly who is also eligible as RP & gets two starts this week, my other one in RP slot is keuchel.

    Next, trade Q, would you look to try to trade Bumgarner? If yes, what type of player(caliber) would you look for in return?

    Here’s my roster (10 team h2h points/ re draft)

    C- Santana

    1b- goldy

    2b- pedroia

    3b- David wright

    SS- Alexi Ramirez

    IF- Jhonny peralta

    OF- Matt Holliday

    OF- hunter pence

    OF- Michael Brantley

    OF- Desmond Jennings

    DH- Dunn

    Utility- Dee Gordon

    Bench- Hosmer, polanco, george springer & Harper on DL.

    SP- Strasberg

    SP- tanaka

    sP- cueto

    Bench- Gerrit cole & mad bum.

    RP- mentioned above.

    I could always hang onto Bumgarner & just play the matchups too

    Lastly, keep or drop d. Jennings? I added springer for an insurance to Jennings, I may start springer this upcoming week’s matchup, Jennings I believe has the power, lol my luck I drop him & then he goes off but hey that’s fantasy sports!

    Thanks for the advice guru! My team has been on a three game win streak, lol my luck ran out today though – my opponent had three pitchers today(King Felix, shields & anibal Sanchez tonight), hopefully I can get some HR’s, & Sanchez gets roughed up big time he’s currently at 443 & I have 419, the main thing is because all of his pitchers going today & I had none

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’d hold the guys you have right now. Maybe you can trade Pap for a starter to a team desperate for SAGNOF!

  32. John says:
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    OPS League.

    I see Rudy likes Aoki more (6×6 OPS) but who you like ROS? Leonys or Aoki?

    Gracias

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      It’s close, but I like Aoki.

  33. Jim Johnson says:
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    drop Masterson for Keuchel?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Don’t do that. Who else can you drop?

      • Jim Johnson says:
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        @The Guru: Jim Johnson, Cody Allen, AJ Burnett, Lynn, Homer Bailey, Smyly… I was probably gonna drop JJ for Doolittle if I win the bid

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Doolittle doin’ little. Ha!

          • Jim Johnson says:
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            @The Guru:
            Lol so you wouldn’t recommend making any moves?

            • The Guru

              The Guru says:
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              Hold. Curious to see how Keuchel does tonight before I’m all in on him.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @The Guru: i would think wether or not if keuchel is the buy masterson has got to be dropped for somebody.

  34. Lemmingness says:
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    Weekly points league, trying to decide how much I want to roll the dice on double starters this week:
    Liriano vs Bal, @WSH
    Leake @WSH, vs STL
    McCarthy @STL, @NYM

    Mr. Nice doesn’t like Liriano or McCarthy this week (can’t blame him), and SoN has Liriano and McCarthy at $31.2 and $18.8. Any of these three you would stay away from this week?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      No interest in Leake. I’d roll the dice on Liriano and McCarthy.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      R.I.P.

  35. Dave says:
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    Jam Drew Hutchinson?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      CRAM. I’m not a believer. He gets the Sox next at Fenway and it’s not a start I’d touch.

  36. Mike says:
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    Standard h2h 12team league….I was offered Kinsler and Mesorosco for Freddie Freeman.

    Second and catcher have been a nightmare for me all year. I’m considering the trade. Talk me out of it or convince me it’s the right thing. I can’t make a decision

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Step away from the bath salts and don’t do it.

  37. Double B says:
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    I was offered Allen Craig for Dee Gordon? I have a nice lead in steals, and desperately need corner infield help. Thoughts?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      If you’re good with steals it’s a fair enough trade.

  38. Brett says:
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    Guru

    You think rosenthal is in danger of losing his job? He blew the save today but it was his 4th day in a row. If rosenthal keeps job and motte pitches well do you think he could replace Martinez for the 8th inning role?

    Need to decide if I cut Baez for motte.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Think Rosenthal keeps the gig.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Brett: worse than 4th day in a row, it was 5th in 6 days, and 6th in 8 days. pure b.s. from matheny.

  39. gareth says:
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    Hey guru,

    Pomeranz was a first round pick by the Indians. The tribe sent him to the rockies in the ubaldo Jimenez trade.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      You are correct, sir. Nice catch. I think baseball reference still uses a pic of him in his Indians uni too.

  40. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Is Solarte a long term jam? In shallow 10-tm limited moves league (20/yr, I have 17 left which is more than most), I’ve been rolling with Gyorko at 3B since Zimm went down. Still in 1st, so it hasn’t killed me, but should I use a move on dropping Gyork for Solarte? Standard 5 cats + H, TB, BB and K.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’d hold for now. I don’t see Solarte as a long termer.

  41. Jiggy Nits says:
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    My Latroy for his Charlie Morton?

    5×5 NL ONLY roto

    should i look for more?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Did you see Morton pitch today? Ha. Think you can do better with a SAGNOF starved trading partner.

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @The Guru: honestly i thought morton looked good today. his fastball has lots of movement… just couldnt string together bunches of good pitches

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          He did settle down after the 1st inning, but think you can do better than a guy that’s 0-6 with 1.24 WHIP. The guy that owns him will prob drop him on Monday. Ha.

          • Jiggy Nits says:
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            @The Guru: mike leake?

            • The Guru

              The Guru says:
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              Willy Peralta?

  42. geegee says:
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    ellsbury for strasburg?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I prefer the bat to the arm myself. It really depends on your team.

  43. Sange76 says:
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    What’s up brother!

    2 quickies. 12 team head to head points keeper

    Jose Fernandez owner.
    Just traded Adam jones for Gerrit Cole and Christian Yelich (rd 12 keeper). Solid return?

    Should I trade Matt Cain and Allen Craig for Crush Davis? Would then add either Samardzija, Tillman or Keuchel from waivers. Nice or no?

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’m not a big fan of trading Jones, but the deal was fair enough in a keeper.

      Davis and pick up the Shark.

  44. stonepie says:
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    how much longer til hosmer becomes droppable. his fb distance is way, way down and that lineup is AWFUL. i have more faith in chase headley right now!

    trying to trade cobb for werth.. yay or nay?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hosmer has been dead to me for 2 years. Do what you will with him.

  45. Harry Doyle says:
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    12 team h2h

    6×6

    Avg. HR SB RBI K R
    W QS K ERA WHIP S

    C Santana
    1b rizzo
    2b beckham
    Ss segura
    3b arenado
    2b/ss Escobar
    1b/3b Asche
    Of Holliday
    Of werth
    Of Hamilton
    Of pollock
    Of Murphy
    Util Seth smith
    Bench Bruce
    Bench polanco
    Bench gyorko
    Dl Harper
    Dl kipnis

    P bailey
    P teaheran
    P eovaldi
    P Bauer
    P porcello
    P Pomeranz
    P keuchel
    P masterson
    P kluber

    Best fa: Castro, k.davis, venable, swisher, fowler, maybin ethier lake Cain

    P: erlin qualls e. Jackson Hutchison McCarthy mejia rondon degrom

    Do you see any moves I should make?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Looks good. nothing sexy on the wire. Hold.

  46. Joe says:
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    Gurú is mesoraco for real? Is he better than Wilson Ramos or Salvador Pérez?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      He sure looks it, but he could be a spring Hall of Famer. John Buck was pretty good for 2 months last year too. I’d rather have Perez, Ramos ROS.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @The Guru: maybe with Buck, but Mesoraco was a big prospect and is hitting the age when even half of this could be real.

  47. Brett says:
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    Guru

    When do you think we see Baez? He is playing all his games at ss which is blocked in the majors

    • The Guru

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      Hard to say with his struggles recently. Maybe end of July?

  48. Travis says:
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    Pomeranz, Odorizzi, Keuchel, Bauer, Smyly… How you rank these guys? All about equal, or any stand out?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Smyly the best of the bunch. All about even after that.

  49. Jayone says:
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    Longoria for Braun. Who wins?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Braun.

  50. desert_heat says:
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    Hi Guru,
    Would you trade S.Gray and T.Bauer for D.Price . Or is Gray just as good ROS

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’m a Gray fan, but think Price will be better ROS. Trade is fair enough unless Bauer turns into a stud.

      • desert_heat says:
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        Thanks Guru

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Cheers, desert_heat!

  51. Alan says:
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    What 2 you want?

    Leonys i play vs R, Rajai vs L only

    Aoki, L Martin, R Davis

    77x with obp and slg

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Aoki and Martin.

  52. BlameItOnHoffman says:
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    Would you trade Eric Hosmer for Hunter Pence straight up in a points league?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’d want Pence.

  53. peejer says:
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    who to jam….. W Castilo or Ruiz in a 5×5 for ROYear?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Castilo.

  54. Militant Vegans says:
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    Best scream in a song… “Bruise Violet” by Babes in Toyland or “Aneurysm” by Nirvana. Love ‘em both.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Love me some Kat Bjelland screaming.

  55. Joe says:
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    Gurú who is better Jason hammel or tañer roark or rick porcello in order?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Porcello. By a lot.

      • Joe says:
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        @The Guru: you like porcello matchup against Texas this week?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Texas bats haven’t been very impressive lately and Prince is dealing with a herniated disk. I’ll roll Porecello out there over plenty of others.

  56. Tarman Got Him says:
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    I’m in a few leagues and am steady., but aside from how frustrating some of my guys have been along the lines of Beltre, Bruce , Bailey, Masterson , Liriano etc, I’ve been having as much tough luck as someone in fantasy sports could have ala losing to SP pitching staffs w 5 sp with guys like Poneranz and Vargas when I own the likes of Cole Teheran etc week after week.

    I even lost in wins one week to an all closer team when I own at least 7-8 sp per league

    Anyways , not tying to vent , but I do actually have a question:

    I am hesitant to, but should I drop guys like Bailey and Masterson? They do nothing but kill my ERA and WHIP every week and Bailey was my number 1 in most my leagues meaning number 1 pick , not so cause I own guys like Grey, Teheran, Santana etc.

    At this point I think I’m better off benching them until they possibly find it but who knows.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I wouldn’t drop them. Their career numbers say they’ll turn it around. I hear your frustrations though.

  57. chris says:
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    What with ded1! Nice game I had him in this week is gonna continue? Also would you take a chance Hart is going to play or play Denorfia?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hart is dead to me.

  58. JFK says:
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    Injuries have facilitated a steady drop from 1st place, and I’m trying to plug the holes on a sinking ship in a 12-team H2H Keeper:
    C – Lucroy
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Carpenter
    3B – Machado
    SS – Asdrubal
    OFs – CarGomez/Braun/Werth
    Util – Bogaerts
    Bench – Bonifacio/Abreu* (DL)

    SPs – Cueto/Shields/Anibal/CJ/Smyly/Montero/Gio* (DL)/Holland* (DL)/JoFer* (DL)
    RPs – Cishek/Reed/LaTroy

    Concerned that Pujols, Braun and/or CarGomez may also be looking at DL stints, and while Matty Carp/Machado/Bogaerts are starting to pick it up, Bonifacio is regressing in a big way; would you:
    A) Drop Boneface for EYJ, Leonys, Pollock, CoCo, Victorino or DomBrown for OF depth;
    B) Drop Boneface for Moobs, Lind, Howard, Juan Frank or LaRoche for 1B depth;
    C)
    D) Drop Boneface for Ramos or Gomes and use Lucroy’s 1B-eligibility for 1B depth;
    1) Make one of the above moves, but drop Asdrubal instead and slot Bogaerts in at SS.

    Finally, drop Montero for Duffy or Eovaldi, or hold?
    Two weeks ago, it would have been a no-brainer to grab Eovaldi, but saw him pitch in SF last week and he looked very ordinary.

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Depends on what you need. EYJ is your SAGNOF guy, Brown for power, AJ Pollock good all around lately. You could use the Montero spot as a streaming spot.

      • JFK says:
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        @The Guru: Went with Pollock and Eovaldi… thanks for the input!

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Sure, good to Razzball with ya.

  59. Joe says:
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    Gurú do you think andrew cashner injurie is very serious like a season out injury?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      The way this year is going when you hear elbow issue one has to think the worse. We’ll know more after the MRI Monday. I suspect the worse and an amputation is expected.

  60. Alan says:
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    Who do I start this week at MI 5×5? both have injuries. Lowrie or Prado?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Can I say Neil Walker?

  61. tim says:
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    drop ozuna for wong? im 2nd to last in steals

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Better grab your Wong.

  62. Ante GALIC says:
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    Guru bhai!

    In my continuing saga of Jesse Chavez’ doppleganger on the Dukes of Hazzard….

    [Daisy Duke]: Hey Uncle Jessie! You won yesterday. It reminded me of the time when I saw Layne sing with Alice in Chains on MTV unplugged. Everyone knew he was dying but he gave it his all despite the fact.
    [Uncle Jessie]: Well, Miss Daisy! Thanks you, I guess. Didn’t have my good command, didn’t start out batters 0-1, then 0-2 and then 0-3, more like 1-0, then 2-1 and pray I get them out some other way. SON didn’t like my start and I proved that ol’ SON of a gun wrong at least.
    [Daisy Duke]: We should celebrate, Uncle Jessie. What’s your drink of choice?
    [Uncle Jessie]: Can’t drink, Miss Daisy. With training and all. SON says next start will be quite brutal, worse than what that good fer nothin’ SON predicted against CLE. Nope, I’m sitting out my next start @ Toronto for my friend Alfredo Simon who’s only slightly better @ Washington. Gonna play cards with the good ol’ boys in OAK. They always support me.

    Bye,
    Ante

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Say hello to Cooter for me.

  63. Jayone says:
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    Braun, and porcello, for kershaw and markakis. Who wins?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Depends on what kind of team you have. But all things being equal I’ll take the Kershaw side.

  64. JFK says:
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    In another league, not sure how much longer I can hold out for Crush Davis to come around… would Crush/Adverb be a fair offer for Abreu/Cano to the last-place team that’s got Cano riding the bench?
    I’ve got Murphy slotted in at 2B, but could use his 1B-eligibility ’til Abreu gets back and put Matty Carp in at 2B (he’s been riding the pine lately).

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      That’s an interesting trade. Give it shot. Seems fair enough.

      • JFK says:
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        @The Guru: For context, it’d leave my team looking like this:
        C – Lucroy
        1B – Murphy
        2B – Cano
        3B – Arenado
        SS – Reyes
        OFs – Jones/CarGomez/Werth
        Util – Melky
        Bench – Matty Carp/Machado/Bogaerts/Abreu* (DL)

        SPs – Cueto/Hamels/Kluber/Fister/Smyly/Salazar*/Holland* (DL)/JoFer* (DL)
        RPs – Lindstrom/Britton/Qualls/Mejia/Davis/O’Day/Brothers/Crain* (DL)

        Still a green light?
        I know it leaves my rotation thin, but I’m planning on dropping JoFer for Montero or Storen (3 SP/3 RP/3 P slots).

  65. Zar says:
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    Hey Guru, this is my first year in an RCL and I’m trying to figure out how to manage my starts. I’m on pace start only 155 out of 180 starts. Does that mean I have to start starting a pitcher a day now? I’ve lost Matt Moore, Anibal Sanchez, and Gio Gonzalez to injuries and I’m limping by with Lincecum, Buehrle and the Sonny Gray (Thank Grey for Gray). I’ve got Taijuan stashed. Should I even be worried about streaming or should I throw everyone out there when they start?

    I also want to add Keuschel, Koehler, or maybe vogelsong. Which one should I add if any? I would have to move Beltran or Gio into my DL and drop either Ryan Zimmerman or Walker. I think I’ll drop walker for one of those three…..

    Thanks -.-

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Start the best streamers when it works for you. You want to maximize all positions the best you can. Keuchel has looked pretty good and I’m starting him until he realizes he’s an Astro.

  66. cb says:
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    gotta drop a pitcher on Monday for activation of Cobb
    Who do I drop?
    Danks, Rienzo, Doubront, Buchholz

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      So long, Rienzo.

  67. Joseph lucchese says:
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    Hey there guru appreciate the work…always great we drop and pick up on monday and friday mornings need some help…loved how ozuna started off the season butnot exactually sure hed be able to on keep it up would you drop for pollock and if so what would your bid $ be???
    Thanks again???

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Thanks, Joe. Liking the Pollock and he’s worth no more than a $5 bid. I tend to not overspend this early.

      • Joseph lucchese says:
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        @The Guru: thanks so much for the reply.
        was kinda where I was leaning just needed the push lol

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          No prob. Thanks for Razzballin’.

  68. B says:
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    Grey loves Reddick. You give Reddick a CRAM. Who’s right?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hitter-Tron gives Reddick a $1.3 value ROS. Hey, Reddick had a nice week and he’s still hitting .237. Think there’s better out there.

  69. desert_heat says:
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    H2H
    Would you trade Puig and Skaggs for JUpton and MWacha

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’d make that deal.

  70. Endershadow says:
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    Is it crazy to send Dom Brown for Beltran? My OF is looking pretty good right now and if Beltran ever gets healthy, he would help. I’m in 5th of 14 but have been red hot the past 4 weeks. We have 3 DL spots.

    • The Guru

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      I’d wait until after his visit w/Dr. Andrews on Tuesday.

  71. bossmanjunior says:
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    Skaggs vHOU or Pomegranate @ TB?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Gimme Skaggs.

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @The Guru:
        Thanks! And thanks for being up so late!

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Anytime, Bossman. Like Warren Zevon said, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”

  72. J-FOH says:
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    You’re getting blown up today, I need to get on that radio/video show, BTW I thought your Turban would be taller

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      It’s not tall, but it’s plenty dirty.

  73. Shawn G says:
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    Hi Guru, i’m itching to drop Masterson. Tillman and Burnett just hit waivers, thinking of swapping. Also, Beckett, Pomerantz, Keuchel, and Bauer out there. What would Guru do? Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hold on Masterson. I see people dropping him, but Josh Beckett is no answer. Give him a couple more starts.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @The Guru: his next few starts are
        @BAL
        @WSOX
        vs BOS
        @TEX.

  74. Malicious Phenom says:
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    last hehe

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Cheers!

  75. Jayrod Ceol says:
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    Hey dere Guru, first where would one send zee Guru a flashy new clean turban to rock? More than three months with one turban and you get creepy crawly friends and a very distinct odor!
    On to the question…I know I know
    On topic with pitching I have an AL only keeper league question, obviously the pitching at hand isn’t that plentiful so desperate times call for desperate measures.. Thinking of trading Ian Kinsler for Profar ($2) and Drew Hutchinson ($1). My batting is doing great but I’m last in all of the pitching categories because I didn’t grab Buerhle and Salazar hasn’t been anything besides a minor leaguer lol. Kinsler is not keepable for me.

    Should I aim higher or can I pull the trigger on this. Still looking forward with this year still the focus.

    Thanks Guru

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, man. This early in the season I think you may be able to do a little better for a bat like Kinsler. Maybe a target a pitcher that’s been off to a slow start who has a track record. Think Price, Sanchez, or Cobb. Start high move low, that’s my philosophy. Someone may bite.

  76. Spammer Jay says:
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    Is Hittertron essentially wOBA measured in $?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      The ‘tron is based on several game-specific factors that include quality of opposing starting pitcher, hitter’s performance vs. the handedness of opposing starting pitcher, park factors, whether the game is home or away, and predicted batting order spot (for Runs, RBIs, and Plate Appearances).

  77. fausto says:
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    JAM wong over eyj for sb? i could use a backup 2b for phillips, i have plenty of OF (Gomez, Brantley, Marte Ajax, Springer, EYJ, Crawford) 4OF spots 2b, ss, and mi. 10tm league so EYJ/Crawford are not going to fly out of the FA pool.

    Im thinking lose EYJ or Crawford for wong what’s the move there?

    also..CL sitch is a MESS. i own Frieri, Jim Johnson, Shaw…Available FA are Axford, Doolittle, Gregerson, Cody Allen, Mejia. Lose Shaw/Johnson for Axford/Mejia? Chasing saves only, but it’s getting ridiculous i get 5 moves/week wasting so many on “maybe they’ll get a save opportunity” guys

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’d grab the Wong. Your OF is full and EYJ prob never plays for you.

      Yes, closer is a mess unless you own one of the big guys. I’d just hold for now.

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